The latest CBS News poll on the end of Roe finds substantial support for keeping the decision in place, support from nearly two-thirds of Americans. The remaining third wants a national ban on the procedure and to imprison women and doctors.
There's no middle ground.
The nearly two-thirds of Americans who want Roe v. Wade kept in place say they feel angry and discouraged about the prospect that it may be overturned, describing that as "a danger to women" and as a threat to rights more generally. Most Americans, and particularly younger women, think it would also lead to restrictions on birth control and family planning choices. Going forward, most would like to see a federal law passed that protects abortion and in their own states, two-thirds want it to be legal, at least in most cases.
For the one-third who do want Roe overturned, they'd describe it as "a protection for the unborn" and call it a victory for the anti-abortion rights movement Most of them would like to see a national ban on abortions now. The minority who now want abortions illegal in their states also think those providing any illegal abortions and the women who have them should be subject to criminal punishment or penalties.
A majority, 58%, would also like Congress to pass a federal law making abortion legal nationwide.
That's especially true among those who want Roe kept in place, 82% of who overwhelmingly want a federal law.
In fact, in reaction to the news of Roe's possible overturning, the percentage who say abortion should be generally available has now increased a bit, to its highest level.
In other words, the two-thirds of America that wants to keep Roe want a federal law on abortion (58%), and the third that opposes Roe wan a federal law banning abortion (57%).
And again, two-thirds of Americans want their own states to allow abortions in all (33%) or most (32%) cases.
Only 12% want a total ban on abortion in their state.
This should be a dealbreaker for the GOP, but as with Trump's racism, we know white voters will side with the GOP again and again because they believe their families won't be really punished for abortion, only "those people" will be.
Looking at the crosstabs details of the poll, 61% of white voters want to keep Roe as it is, with 56% of white non-college voters agreeing with that. 61% of white voters also want to keep abortion legal in their own state if Roe is overturned, with 55% of non-college white voters agreeing.
But again, only 33% of Trump voters want abortion to be legal in all (11%) or most (22%) cases, with 20% wanting a total ban.
Understand this is a spectacular loser for Republicans politically, but only if voters decide to make them pay the price.